Monday, January 25, 2010

bands i used to be in... CANDY





i was 19 years old when i answered an ad in the recycler that said "guitarist wanted" influences: bowie & trex. candy was exactly the band i was looking for when i quit school to become a rock star. as soon as i joined up, we played the whiskey, roxy, troubadour & madame wongs. la weekly said "candy is a cross between the ramones & the bay city rollers". we all lived together in an apartment in west hollywood called candyland. those were great times. girls, gigs & wild month, we first signed with mca, but they didn't understand us, so mercury bought us out. we made 1 record for mercury in 85' & toured with rick springfield & corey heart. our record didn't sell very much, even though we were on some new channel called mtv. at that time hard rock sunset strip bands were starting to take over, but our record was more on the pop side. i always thought we should be more rock, so we made some changes & i became the singer & we added ryan on guitar, but it was pretty clear we had our shot & came up short.

i'm still close with the candy guys after all these years & i have some wonderful memories. so thanks, jonathan, john s (the hawk), kyle & ryan...
turn it up loud !


10 comments:

  1. I actually have a Candy album on vinyl. Got two Kill for Thrills CDs too!

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  2. Best band ever! Miss you guys, hope your recovery is speedy.

    -K

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  3. Saw you guys play when I was roadying shit for Cold September. They were about like you guys, they almost made it. Those were defineatly fun days in Hollywood....

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  4. ahh... the old days. Wait, i'm not trying to say you are old tho HA..

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  5. oh!
    im your fan!
    iam chilean
    i love you gilby
    bye kiss for you
    take care muac!

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  6. Still one of my all-time favorite bands (and times of my life!)
    Karen "McInx"

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  7. Hey, what about Exodus? I'm not sure there are any flattering pictures though... Sorry to hear about the accident...

    Bill

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